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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6785271

Can you help me ID? The leaves remind me of brugmansia but I know it's not

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #6785278

looks like a flower. Don't know if this is the flower, or if it's getting ready to bloom

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6785280

another view of flower thingy

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starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

July 6, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #6786098

Vossner. Is the stem a kind of brownish, reddish color, or maybe a purplish redish color?

Looks like what we call poke salad leaves. Get them on and off from bird s droppign the seeds after they eat the little berries. If then little balls on yoru flower turn black / purple that what I would figrue it is.

plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6789002

I agree with starlight - Phytolacca americana - American pokeweed.

starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6789236

Ya can eat it. I haven't it myself yet but folks do.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2009
6:41 PM

Post #6789513

I googled it and it certainly looks like what I have. I will wait until the bloom open up a little bit more and compare. My stems are not purple though.

thanks for your help.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2009
1:07 PM

Post #6825987

Purple stems may vary but the purple berries later are unmistakeable
acfrancis
Trenton, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 16, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #6826176

Mockingbirds and thrashers love the berries
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2009
3:36 PM

Post #6910287

Definitely pokeweed. Since I first posted, stems turned purple. I'm wondering if I should transplant and when? Doesn't really bother me where it is unless the seeds fall and it starts growing all over this bed, which i mostly roses.

I have uncultivated areas. Should I transplant there?

Should this plant even be considered invasive?
Gazoodles
Iowa Park, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2009
5:10 AM

Post #6925092

I let a few of these live in my garden because like acfrancis said, the birds will eat the berries (and not eat so many of my tomatoes.) However in the coming years, you will find more of these coming up, especially along fences where birds sit (especially where the mockingbirds like to watch for bugs.) Just pull up the ones you don't want when you are weeding. Pokeweeds can get very large and will come back from the root in the spring.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #6925689

thank you. I will keep that in mind.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #6970782

it is a bad weed get rid of it, it spread everywhere
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #7013818

I pulled it yesterday, but took some pics first

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #7013826

another pic

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iris28
(dana)Owensboro, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
3:47 AM

Post #7514205

so thats what that is.. reminds me of that elvis song Polk salad annie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOzaVpgeHJg

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